The New Jersey Devils
will get a boost on the back end, as injured defenseman Anton Volchenkov
will be in the lineup tonight against the Calgary Flames
Volchenkov, who left the first period of New Jersey's New Years Eve tilt against the Pittsburgh Penguins
with a lower-body injury, said he is primed to get back on the ice.
"I'm ready to go, ready to play tonight," said Volchenkov, who has missed New Jersey's previous four games. "It feels pretty good. It's been one week. I feel it's been better. It's ready to go."
The Devils were expected to activate Volchenkov from injured reserve Tuesday afternoon. He was originally placed on the list Jan. 7, retroactive to Dec. 31. Volchenkov also missed three games from Dec. 10-13 with a hand injury and has played in 34 of the Devils' 41 games this season.
, who is battling soreness to his left Achilles, will miss his fourth consecutive game.
Here is the Devils' expected lineup:
- Adam Henrique
- Ilya Kovalchuk
- Patrik Elias
- Dainius Zubrus
- Steven Zalewski
- David Clarkson
- Ryan Carter
- Nick Palmieri
- Adam Larsson
- Henrik Tallinder
- Anton Volchenkov